January 8, 2018

Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

Source: NPR The thinking about problem drinking and alcoholism has changed. It’s no longer considered a black-and-white, you have it or you don’t condition. “We now know that there’s a full spectrum in alcohol use disorder,” says George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohohlism, part of the National Institutes […]

January 6, 2018

Measuring Colorado’s “great experiment” with marijuana

Source: CBS News We’re far from CLEARING THE SMOKE over recreational marijuana use. A new federal policy announced this past week takes a tough line. It’s a challenge to states that have legalized use, including, most recently, the biggest state of all. Our Cover Story is reported by Barry Petersen: “I’ve never experienced the spectrum […]

January 5, 2018

Pulse Check: What FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is planning for 2018

Source: Politico FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was tapped by President Donald Trump to reform an agency the president had criticized as ‘slow and burdensome.’ | Micaela Rodriguez/POLITICO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Helping foster gene therapies; overhauling medical device reviews; using nutrition to fight disease: They’re all priorities for FDA in 2018, Commissioner Scott […]

December 31, 2017

Researchers Gather Health Data For ‘All Of Us’

Source: NPR Mine Cicek, an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic, processes samples for the All of Us program. Richard Harris/NPR Federal taxpayers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a quest for blood samples, medical information and fitness readouts from a million Americans. It’s called the All of Us precision medicine initiative, and […]

December 30, 2017

A 1960s ‘Hippie Clinic’ In San Francisco Inspired A Medical Philosophy

Source: NPR Inside the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in its earliest days. The clinic opened on June 7, 1967, and treated 250 patients that day. It’s motto, then and now: “Health care is a right, not a privilege.” Courtesy of Gene Anthony/David Smith Archives Unlike many things from the 1967 “Summer of Love,” the […]

December 29, 2017

Pain Management Program Offers An Alternative To Opioids

Source: NPR Robert Kerley is recovering from an opioid addiction with help from Kaiser Permanente’s pain management program in Colorado. John Daley / Colorado Public Radio Seven years ago, Robert Kerley, who makes his living as a truck driver, was loading drywall onto his trailer when a gust of wind knocked him off. He fell […]

December 20, 2017

Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Source: NPR A report released Thursday found more than 42,200 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday. “I’m not prone to dramatic statements,” […]

December 19, 2017

Fight The Opioid Epidemic, All Agree. But Strategies Vary Widely

Source: NPR The rising number of opioid-linked deaths led Arizona to declare a public health emergency in 2017. Needle exchange programs are not explicitly permitted in Arizona, but one such service operates underground, giving out clean needles and naloxone, a medicine widely used to counter effects of an opioid overdose. Will Stone / KJZZ It’s […]

December 18, 2017

Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?

Source: NPR A brain implant already used to treat severe epilepsy might also help fend off impulses to abuse drugs or overeat before they happen, researchers say. But so far it’s been tested mostly in mice.(Image credit: Marco Jeurissen/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images)

December 16, 2017

VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Source: NPR [embedded content] NPR YouTube Psychedelic drugs are getting a makeover, with scientists exploring their potential in treating debilitating conditions like cluster headaches, addiction or anxiety, with promising results. That’s despite the fact that very few researchers are legally allowed to study psychedelics, largely because of LSD’s decades-old reputation as a counterculture drug that […]